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The Guardian’s War-Lite

  • October 08, 2014
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When the British liberal press supports the UK’s wars, it generally does so from a very different perspective to the tabloid press.   Unlike the Sun, it doesn’t make jokes about drones or entertain its readers with bloodthirsty ‘gotcha’ moments.

Like the Observer, in its famous editorial in support of the Iraq war, it always comes...

ISIS and Syria: the Game of Thrones

  • September 27, 2014
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I have long since despaired of the ability or willingness of the mainstream media to give a full and honest analysis of Western foreign policy.   With the exception of a few writers, I rely on the MSM to tell me only what has happened, but I don’t expect any in depth analysis of why...

Leaving Edward Snowden to the Wolves

  • July 03, 2013
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Who will stand up for Edward Snowden?   Not the American media, that fearless and forensic instrument of truthtelling, which has been generally too busy poring over Snowden’s ‘narcissism’ and character flaws, or arguing that surveillance is good for us, to consider the broader implications of his revelations.

Nor tough guy Vladimir Putin, who won’t do...

From Fallujah to Homs

  • February 08, 2012
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Yesterday’s Guardian had a terrible editorial on Syria and the ongoing siege of Homs, which summed up so much of what is corrupt, servile and deferential about the western media in general – regardless of its political orientation – when it comes to dealing with the foreign policy objectives of their own governments.

The editorial condemned...

Austerity: Coming to Your Country Soon

  • October 20, 2011
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The Greeks aren’t ready to lay their heads on the IMF/EU block just yet.  The Guardian has described yesterday’s anti-cuts package demo  in Athens as ‘one of the biggest  in modern times’.  I really like the following excellent quote from  Giorgos Kamkeris, a municipal employee who took part: ‘The men and women whom we elected...

Sandals In Harrogate

  • April 25, 2011
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As usual I’ve spent the Easter weekend at the National Union of Teachers conference in Harrogate, where my partner is a delegate.      There’s always a striking disconnect between what happens at these annual conferences and the way they are reported in the UK media.     As an occasional conference  observer and an...

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